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44-611. Powers in investigations. The secretary of labor shall have the power and authority to issue summons and subpoenas and compel the attendance of witnesses and parties and to compel the production of the books, correspondence, files, records, and accounts of any industry, employment, utility or common carrier, or of any person, corporation, association or union of employees affected, and to make any and all investigations necessary to ascertain the truth in regard to the controversy. In case any person shall fail or refuse to obey any summons or subpoena issued by the secretary after due service then and in that event the secretary is hereby authorized and empowered to take proper proceedings in any court of competent jurisdiction to compel obedience to such summons or subpoena.

History: L. 1920, ch. 29, § 11; R.S. 1923, 44-611; L. 1976, ch. 370, § 30; L. 2004, ch. 179, § 29; July 1.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

Labor contract disputes, John D. O'Brien, 6 W.L.J. 39, 49 (1966).

CASE ANNOTATIONS

1. Provisions authorizing district court to compel obedience to subpoena constitutional. The State, ex rel., v. Howat, 107 Kan. 423, 429, 191 P. 585.

2. Chief mine inspector deputy within law requiring examinations of deputy. State, ex rel., v. Besson, 116 Kan. 607, 610, 227 P. 371.


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